Bed and breakfasts, resorts and inns offer unparalleled accommodations in a convenient destination
Unplug in Martin County, Florida, an easy-to-get-to-area, encompassing the communities of Port Salerno, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Indiantown, Jupiter Island, Hobe Sound and Hutchinson Island. This South Florida escape offers beautiful beaches and 77 parks–not to mention the most bio-diverse lagoon ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere–all within two hours or less driving time of four international airports: Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Orlando. Once here, elevate your stay in a luxury resort or upscale bed and breakfast.
Try these top picks for a well-appointed getaway:
1. Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, opening June 1, in Jensen Beach is the Treasure Coast of Florida’s new premier resort for family vacations, meetings, corporate retreats, oceanfront weddings and spa getaways. Enjoy 178 rooms of oceanfront accommodations with coastal-inspired decor and luxury amenities steps from the sand. The first new resort to be built on Hutchinson Island in almost two decades, the property will feature an oceanfront restaurant, two pools, a Jacuzzi, a signature spa, 8,000 square feet of oceanfront meeting space and a spectacular beachfront location perfect for soaking up the sun, cooling off in the surf and sinking toes in the sand.
2. The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina boasts an exceptional location in Stuart, Florida, with an 18-hole golf course, multiple tennis courts, three outdoor pools and a private marina. The main hotel is just a mile from the beach, while the upgraded Sandpiper Tower suites feature a pristine beachfront location, separate from the resort grounds. All of the accommodations are appointed with tasteful design and a variety of helpful perks to help guests feel at home during a stay–from pillow-top bedding and high-speed Internet to double vanities and premium toiletries. Those planning events in Stuart can make use of the hotel’s 30,293 square feet of venue space. And the convenient location allows for stress-free exploration of Hutchinson Island’s top attractions, including Jensen Beach, the Elliott Museum and more.
3. For a laid-back, beachy vibe with an emphasis on hospitality, the Jensen Beach Inn Hotel is the ultimate retreat. An onsite restaurant, Pineapple Jack’s, serves steaks, seafood, pasta and cocktails, claiming the 2015 People’s Choice Award. Choose from seven rooms appointed with memory foam mattresses, large private baths, luxurious linens and complimentary Wi-Fi and continental breakfast.
4. Located across the street from the Indian River, the Inn at Tilton Place is a jewel of the Treasure Coast. The home, over 100 years old, has been lovingly restored for the sole purpose of welcoming guests with the utmost in hospitality. In-room baths are featured in six of the eight guest rooms and produce from the gardens, including mango, bananas, lemons, limes and star fruit, along with rosemary, thyme and mint, is picked fresh and served with breakfast. A 2011 BandBFinder.com Guest Favorite, the Inn at Tilton Place offers five-star amenities in the comfort of a bed and breakfast.
5. The Old Colorado Inn, originally built between 1890-1914, is the recipient of the 2013-2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and has been elegantly restored to offer deluxe studios, spacious and luxurious suites, a charming cottage and three spacious historic guest houses nestled in a casual tropical setting.
6. The Inn Sheppard Park Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located in the heart of The River Front Village and offers relaxing amenities like a Jacuzzi and a hammock on the wrap-around porch where guests can enjoy a view of Shepard’s Park and Frazier Creek. At no extra charge, a single or double kayak, bicycles, beach gear and coolers are available for use, making it easy to explore area parks and beaches.
In the evening, reconnect around the table at one of Martin County’s restaurants, most utilizing locally-sourced produce and fresh caught fish, served alongside ingredients from local and organic farms within the county.
Did you know?
Set the scene for memory-making in Martin County where building restrictions have limited structures to four stories, preserving breathtaking views throughout the county, yielding Old Florida charm accented with Key West style. Stuart, the county seat, was recently named one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns” by Coastal Living and ranked #3 in the “2015 Annual Best Small Towns to Visit” guide by Smithsonian Magazine. Only in Your State ranked Stuart as one of the “8 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Florida” and the area was also ranked #9 by House Beautiful on its “The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America” list.